Detail of single light bulb & mirror unit in original single constellation of Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame1994, a kinetic-sound installation of the body in absentia as an urgent response to the defacto ban imposed upon performance art by the Singapore government in the aftermath of the 5th Passage controversy, Presented in one of four empty shop lots assigned to 5th Passage in Pacific Plaza in 1994, an unheard of use of commercial space to create cultural currency for the owners at the time, this work was the second of three successive installations to occupy the same place, a series that was preceded by Shit-Eating Grins 1994, Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame, and culminating in His Mother is a Theatre 1994. All three installations pivot around athe same baby rocker device in the ceiling to create continuous movement in the vertical plane (up and down) while the added element of sound was introduced in the last two works.

Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame 1994 | Surrogate Desire | 5th Passage Pacific Plaza | Singapore Art Museum Collection 

Permanent Exhibit: National Gallery of Singapore

Dimensions variable | light bulbs, mirrors, baby rocker, cables, broken glass, charcoal  | Photo: Artist

     © Suzann Victor 2020